Alexander Winfield To Present Adult Puppetry

June 27, 2016

On Saturday, July 9, the Chewstick Culture Hub will host Bermudian puppeteer Alexander Winfield as he presents two short puppet shows for an adult audience.

Each show runs approximately 30 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission. The shows will begin at 7.00pm and conclude at approximately 8.15pm. As the two shows contain some scary scenes and adult language, they are not recommended for children under the age of 12.

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A spokesperson said, “Alexander Winfield is a puppet performer and builder with more than 10 years of experience in the field. A graduate of both the Royal Central School for Speech and Drama’s MA in Advanced Theatre Practice and the Ryerson University Film Program, Alexander has since written and produced his own work and toured his shows across North America and Europe.

“Alexander has previously performed a number of his shows in Bermuda, including “The Other Side,” supported by the Bermuda Arts Council, an introduction to opera and puppets that was shown at over a dozen local schools. His short film “Christ in Wood”, featuring a supernatural marionette, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.”

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Mr. Winfield said, “I am proud to bring two of my puppet shows to Bermuda. Many people ask me: ‘How can puppetry be for adults? Aren’t they just for kids?’ Definitely not! A puppet is a medium, like the paint brush or the video camera.

“While they are excellent for children’s entertainment, think also of films like Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal, or Laika Studio’s recent hit Coraline [which used stop motion puppets].

“Both these films pushed the medium of puppets into unusual, even frightening territory. Puppets can present certain ideas and moods far better than other forms of theatre, if no other reason than the puppet is not restricted by the human body, or human expression.”

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“A European puppeteer Michael Meschke said “The puppet show is the theatre of unlimited possibilities,” which is why I always come back to puppets. In a puppet show, anything can happen!”

The synopsis of ‘The Lords Of Nowhere’ says, “The demon Tibbles is having a birthday party, and he’s about to receive a most unique gift: a human audience. Featuring fantastic puppets and a surprising story this darkly bleak comic show has been called “Dark…Daring!” by the Toronto Eye magazine. An early version of this show was presented at the Chewstick lounge in 2009; the new show is shorter, leaner, and may contain cake.”

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The synopsis of ‘The Befuddled Doctor Faust’ says, “Dr. Faust wants to see all reality, and he’s sold his soul to Mephisto to do just that. But as Faust encounters bizarre creatures and impossible situations he begins to suspect “reality” may in fact be fiction. A topsy-turvy trip through lands of light, dark and madcap puppets, “The Befuddled Doctor Faust” is a work in progress receiving its premier at the Chewstick Culture Hub.

Tickets can be booked by contacting Chewstick on 292-2439 or via info@chewstick.org; tickets can also be purchased at the Chewstick Culture Hub at 81 Front Street Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm [open until 10.00 on Wednesdays and Fridays].

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